Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fall 2009 in Review

Sam, Caleb, and Jayme pose for a quick autumn snapshot.

Hi Everyone!

I don't have a lot of time, but I wanted to write a quick blog updating you on how we are doing.

We are doing, thankfully healthy, and very busy with everyday life. We just decorated for Christmas yesterday and the house looks be-au-ti-ful! We have two concerts left for December on the 17th and then we will be done for the year of 2009. 2010 is beginning to fill up and we are excited about what the new year may bring!

Here are some pictures from our autumn...



Ben finally painted our room baby blue this November! It looks...interesting!

We recorded a TV show in Eau Claire, WI on November 13th. Here's the family with the production crew.

Me, riding a friend's horse in our front yard. Don't I look like a natural rider?
Me, with fellow singer, Heather Ruesch after a concert at our family's home church in September.


The Lil' Adventurers getting into one of their songs at a concert in November (FYI: no, Ben is not a "Lil' Adventurer;" he just happened to be standing right there!).
And finally, Caleb in a pile of leaves.

Well, my brother Ben keeps informing it's time to make popcorn, so I'd better hurry up and appease him (hungry boys won't wait!). Hopefully, I'll begin writing more frequently, for I really want to share some articles about interesting subjects...but now is not the time!

Hope all is well with your families. "May God's plans be your treasure hunt!"

In His Love,

Taylor

[Ephesians 5:1-2]

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgving Greetings from the Garms

November 25th, 2009 - 6:07 p.m.

Hello Everyone!

We are too cheap to buy stamps, so here is our Thanksgiving greeting to
all of you!

The pumpkin pies are cooling, the green salad (no, not a lettuce salad;
just bunches of Cool Whip, cottage cheese, lime Jell-O, and fruit!) was
successfully made by Jayme and Caleb, Leesha is making the stuffing,
and I have survived making the cranberry sauce.

The house is clean...pretty much, anyway! The Christmas music has been
playing early and we are enjoying each other's company as we prepare
for a day of thanks and relaxation. And yes, we are thankful.

We asked the Lil' Adventurers to share their advice on cooking our
Thanksgiving turkey and below is what they said. We thought we might
share their cooking tips to you, as you might enjoy their helpful
insight.


"How To Cook a Turkey"
(according to Sam (9), Jayme (7), and Caleb (6) Garms)

Sam's Procedure: First rip apart the turkey and get the bones out and
yucky stuff out (like the heart and liver). Then you put pepper on it.
Put the turkey in a pan, and cook it by slow roaster or oven. Cook the
turkey at 55 degrees for five hours, making sure the heat is on, the
pepper is on, and ALL the [yucky] stuff is out. Take the turkey out and
chop it up and keep it warm. Serve it with a skewer or pincher [tongs].
Maybe ketchup will go well with the turkey.

Jayme's Procedure: First, put the turkey in a pot, keep it roasting
really hot, about 200 degrees (really hot); turning it when it is done
on one side; 9 minutes for each turn, 2 turns per side. When it is ALL
done, cut it up, serve and eat! Add salt and pepper, and then COVER it
all with KETCHUP!

Caleb's Procedure: I can't answer this! Gnaw it [thaw it], put it in
water, and bake it in an oven at 8 degrees for 13 minutes. When it is
done, add stuff, like pepper, salt; do recipe, with sugar, though. Cut
it up, and put it on a plate to serve it.


From our home to yours..."HAPPY THANKSGIVING!" We are thankful for
all of you and appreciate your friendship and prayers. May this
Thanksgiving be the most precious, the most memorable, the most
filling, and the most blessed!

We give all thanks and praise to the one deserving it, our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey,
Taylor for Garms Family

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Taylor'd Perspective: I Am Thankful For...

The following message is one I wrote for our November Great Adventure
Ministry Update. If you are interested in signing up for our special
email newsletters, visit our website,
http://www.greatadventurefamily.com.


Hey Everyone!

I love autumn! The cool crispness of the air thrills me as I watch the
trees change from a lush green to rich colors of red, orange, and
yellow. The tasty hot chocolate, cozy warmness of the furnace, the
leaf-raking...all these activities hold precious memories for me.

One of my favorite times during this season is the holiday of
Thanksgiving. On the fourth Thursday of every November we remember all
the blessings God has given us: family, friends, food, shelter, etc.
Families across the nation gather together to share a meal of turkey,
potatoes, cranberry sauce, and in our case, Grandma's string beans!
Yum!

Every Thanksgiving for the past three or so years, we have had a
special tradition to make us more aware of our blessings through the
year. Beginning several weeks before Thanksgiving, we write things we
are thankful for on slips of paper and place them in a decorated
cardboard box. Then on Thanksgiving night, after the guests have come
and gone, we all gather around and read these notes of appreciation.
It is so interesting to hear what others are thankful! I become even
more thankful as I hear the blessings in my parents' and siblings'
lives.

Let me share with you some "I Am Thankful For's" that we have written
over the years.

Caleb: Eyes, name, clothes, hands, lips, nose, hair, arms, fingers,
finger nails, legs, glasses, eyebrows, house, deck , food, trees, wind,
cars, dump trucks, Thanksgiving.

Jayme: I am thankful that Jesus died for us. I am thankful for light.
I am thankful for the sun and moon.

Leesha: I am thankful for family.

Uli: Thank you Lord for friends. I am really glad to have Leesha as a
friend. I feel so blessed to have such a mature young lady giving me
advice and laughing with me.

Taylor: I am thankful for my wonderful, crazy home!

Ben: For all my instruments, and for the ability to play them, and for
music, and for the "Most Anticipated Night of the Year" (Legacy Five
concert) and...

Kris (Mom): Thank You God for the best children in the whole world!

David (Dad):Thank You for my dear wife, Kris.

Now I saved Sam's for last for a special reason. While going through
years of "I Am Thankful For's", I noticed almost all of Sam's were
detailed drawings of the things he was thankful for. I could not find
one he had written until I came across one on which he had simply
written: "You."

Sam was thankful for whoever read his simple message. How sweet! Yet,
how true.

In our ministry, we are thankful for whoever hears the message and
songs we bring from place to place. We pray for each one of you who
comes to our concerts and we thank God for your life. We thank God for
all of you who receive this email. Perhaps we met you briefly at a
past concert, or maybe we have known you for years, but it doesn't
matter. We are thankful for YOU.

This Thanksgiving, share this message with someone you love. Tell
them, "I am thankful for you." Let them know how much you appreciate
them. You will never have Thanksgiving 2009 again, so use this
opportunity.

We are grateful for you! Thank you for your encouragement, you
prayers, your smiles, and support. We appreciate you!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!

Taylor Garms

Friday, October 9, 2009

It's Been a While...

Hi Everyone!

It's been a while since I last posted. Most of my web work has been devoted to redesigning our family's website, so I haven't had the opportunity to do much writing. And frankly, I haven't had the desire to do much of anything I enjoy doing recently. I have kind of slipped into the mode of just plain existing, each day is full with the tasks I need to take care of and the weeks all become the same.

School has started again and this is my senior year, so it's time to finish my required subjects. How thrilling. Well...I should be grateful that there is an end in sight and that I do have the opportunity to learn "exciting" subjects like algebra and health. :) Biology (so far) HAS been pretty interesting, though!

Singing has keep us busy. For the month of October, we have seven concerts and worship services lined up! Tomorrow we will be singing in St. Croix, Wisconsin (our first out of state date) and it will be interesting. Several nights ago, Dad called the contact person just to touch base with her and she had some peculiar info for Dad. She told Dad that they didn't want any "preaching" at their community event, as they were a non-denominational organization and it might "offend" someone. Dad told her that he is not a preacher, but he does talk about Jesus, sin, salvation, etc. throughout our concert time. He also told her that it probably wouldn't work for us to sing for their event because of our message. The lady thought it over and said it should probably be all right, actually. Okay. That's good. Please pray for us as we present the Gospel through word and song!

I have been feeling rather depressed about the departure of my sister Whitney (I won't go into any details, but she left our home on September 25th). The bitterness that I carry inside is eating me away...I feel it as the hurt aches in my heart whenever I think of her. I feel that I failed as a sister when she was here, and now my opportunity to have a relationship with her is lost. Aren't relationships hard? :) When I was talking to a friend of mine about the situation, she encouraged me to never give up hope, God is still working. This brought to mind a song that I at one time claimed to be my "theme" song for my life. I would like to share the words with you of my new song of the month: "There Is Hope".

THERE IS HOPE
As sung by Legacy Five

Verse 1
Sometimes we go through trials that are so hard to bear
We lift our face toward heaven, "God, are You really there?"
But I've asked that same question and I've been down that road
Looking back, I now can tell You, He's always let me know

Chorus
There is hope so hold on, there is hope
God has sent me here to tell you, there is hope
And He knows just what you're going through and what the future holds
As long as Jesus lives, there is hope

Verse 2
He was bruised for our transgressions and nailed upon a tree
He cried out to the Father, "Why have You forsaken me."
But through this suffering Savior, He brought healing to our pain
And the One Who raised Him from the dead can restore us all again

Chorus

Bridge


He promised He would share our sorrows and bear our heavy load
This road that we are traveling will one day turn to gold

Chorus

Tag

Tag


Well, though I am slightly depressed and road-weary from this journey of life, I can travel on because I do have the hope of the best destination of all: heaven, my home. And right now, I am surrounded by people who care for me when I am sick at heart, lift me up in prayer when I am down, and encourage me when I need a smile. Yes, I guess I really do have joy in the journey, through it all.

There is Hope!

Taylor

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Backseat on the Bus: Travel Log

Here's another "Backseat on the Bus" blog, written on a recent road trip. Enjoy my quick thoughts!

On each "Backseat on the Bus" blog, I will write about our family's journeys and learning experiences as the Great Adventure Gospel Band.




Travel Log: August 22nd, 2009


As I write this blog, we are traveling on Highway 65 in our packed, but comfortable 15-passenger van. Our destination is Lutheran Island Camp to spend the night in a cabin. Tomorrow we will be singing at Perham, MN for a Mission Festival and it will be a long day for our family. I am typing on my new Dell laptop listening to the Isaacs sing "Walk On" (I didn’t realize how tough it can be type on a bumpy road! LOL!) I look over at my little brother Caleb as he quietly reads a book and marvel how fast he has grown up. He will be six next week and is losing the toddler look fast. Do five year olds have to grow up? :)


Wow, we have been busy! This month has been our busiest month for our music ministry, with nine "dates" total and two overnights. Did I mention we are in the midst of preparing our rooms to be repainted? And we volunteered to help out at our church’s VBS this last week? Oh, did I also say we all got sick with colds and sore throats?
I can say I’ve learned a lot this month during our travels and busyness and unfortunately I wouldn’t have enough room to share all the road stories. But here are a few of the things that have happened to me.

The first weekend in August brought Pie Day in Braham, MN and we were not able to attend as we were heading up to the Lake Itasca Family Bluegrass Festival. Nevertheless, I wanted to enter in the Pie Day Art Contest my "Berry Fairy" drawing (see my previous blog for a picture). So on Wednesday, August 5th, I left my picture at the drop-off location, not really caring if I placed at all. On the following Monday, Mom and I headed over to where the art contest was held. I was met with a surprise. When we got there, I was immediately informed that I placed FIRST in the adult category, beating a top artist who has been winning for years! How cool is that? I was so surprised and honored. FYI: I did beat my brother in the county fair back in July with my "Berry Fairy" drawing.

When we arrived home, Mom and I were talking about the whole thing and Mom said "Well, it goes to show that if you don’t try, nothing will happen." I was reminded of a woman we know who is a fabulous artist, but she keeps her drawings hidden away in a dresser drawer, and her talent of art is now gone as her hands are now stiff from old age. What a sad story!

Don’t you think of the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-30? Let me paraphrase the story for you. A master was going on a long journey and, calling his servants to him, he gave each of his workers different talents (a talent was an unit of weight), some more, others less-"each according to his ability." (Matt. 25:15b) Two of the servants invested their talents and received interest from their investments while the other just buried his talent in the ground. When the master returned, he praised the first servants who used their talents while the other servant was condemned as wicked and lazy. He was promptly thrown out of the master’s service.

Are your talents shut up in a drawer somewhere? How long has it been since you’ve dusted off your talents and put them to use? Now don’t say "I don’t have any talents" for that is not true. I was talking to a woman who goes to our church after one of our concerts and she said to me in a wistful tone, "Oh, I wish I had talent like you guys." I stopped her and said, "Hey, don’t say that! You have talent! You have the gift of hospitality and a servant heart! That is a talent! Just because you do not have the gift of music and art doesn’t mean you do not have talent." I directed her to Romans 12:6-8 which talks about the different gifts among believers. So many times people have related to me their wish for "talent" and I get a little frustrated at their misconceptions. So please understand that to be talented is not only to be musical or artistic. You have talent that can be used for the Lord. As I write this, we are listening to a song that simply says, "Little is much when God is in it." Whether your talents are "small" and the results of your work is not as well seen, or "big" and very visible, if glorifying God is your motivation, than "great is your reward."

A woman said to me a few weeks ago "You have a beautiful voice and what makes it even more beautiful is that you use it for the Lord." Do not squander the talents which God has given to you. Utilize them for the Lord’s kingdom.

Okay. One more story before I go. We were at a Toney Brothers concert several weeks ago and something interesting happened to us. The Toney Brothers were singing a fast, upbeat, barn-burner which had several reprises. Ben suddenly got the urge to stand up as they started the song again. He whispered to me, "Stand up." Being a good sister, I followed his leading, as our whole family did. I looked behind me and saw everyone sitting down, staring at us. My eyes were pleading with them to stand up with us. No one stood. I was about kick Ben. I promptly sat down, my face turning several shades of red. After a while, the others sat down, except Mom. She remained standing until the end of the song, braving it out. Needless to say, I felt rather embarrassed.
Afterwards, a man came up to me and said, "That was interesting to see your mom remain standing though no one was standing with her." I was immediately struck with another wave of embarrassment with this realization: under peer-pressure, I fell…I did not remain standing. Mom, on the other hand, was strong and stood through. Many people later commented to her that they wish they’d stood up with her. I was mortified at the status of my strength under peer-pressure. I know something I have to work on!

Well, I’ve done a lot of typing. I should stop burdening you with my thoughts, but I hope you will be encouraged by my words.

Joy in the Journey!
Taylor

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's Been Happening...

Me, shooting a friend's pink .22 rifle (July 5, 2009)

Hey Y'all!

The Triple F Ranch crew has been enjoying the summer, even though its precious days slip by too quickly. I am feeling like I am accomplishing some things, such as computer work three days a week, art projects, and beginning to write a new book.
I take care of our church's website on Monday, the family's website on Wednesday, and my own computer work on Thursday along with anything I didn't get done on the other websites. I am so excited today as I do computer work, as this week we just purchased Adobe Photo shop Elements 7 for our computer! It is just what I wanted/needed for my graphic designing-at least for now! The picture to the right (with the words Surrendering My All) and the above picture were retouched and edited with Adobe, and I love the results! Dan Nuckols, a local graphic designer,recommended the program to me and I am grateful we got it!
Sam, Jayme, Caleb, Ben, and I each entered an art project into the Kanabec County Fair. Ben and I are running against each other once again; Ben usually beats me, but this year I think I have the advantage! I used color pencils while he used only a mechanical graphite pencil (the judges love color!).

Here is my artwork of Braham Pie Day's Berry Fairy (one of the emcees):

WHAT'S UP WITH MOM?

My mom is doing much better. Here's pretty much the full scoop on what Mom went through:

During the first weekend of
April, Mom was stricken with horrible abdominal pains. She was sick. Mom was admitted to the hospital Palm Sunday, April 5 and wasn’t released until
Wednesday, April
8 (Taylor’s birthday). Mom was released without a
diagnosis, and was labeled by the doctors as a "mystery
patient".

Then Thursday before the concert
at our home church, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Mom was once again
admitted to the hospital. They did a colonoscopy on Friday, put Mom on a high dosage of prednisone, and she
was out on Saturday. Praise God, Mom was well enough to perform with us April 26
at our home church.

The doctors now think Mom has Clostridium difficile infection (a
reaction from a antibiotic).

We thank everyone who has helped,
visited, prayed for, and encouraged us during this difficult time. The support
we received has overwhelmed us (in a good way!). THANK YOU!

-from the June
2nd Great Adventure Ministry Update

Our concert schedule is growing and the Lord keeps opening up new doors and opportunities for us to minister through music. We have three concert possibilities in 2010 already! I know to many family groups this would be nothing, but to me...wow! It is very humbling to see how God chooses to use our family! We have had some fun concerts this July, but we are glad to have a two week break, especially since my dad injured his hand badly (he needed thirteen stitches in all!) this week. We are looking forward to experiencing our first bluegrass festival this August up in Itasca, Minnesota. To learn more about our family band, visit our website (which I hope to finish redesigning this summer): http://www.greatadventurefamily.com/.

Well, I had better be moving on. Enjoy your summer!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!

Taylor

P.S. I'll tell more about the book I am writing later!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ben's Grad Party

My brother Ben, the new graduate!

Hi Everyone!

Since a picture says a thousands words, I'll let these photos do the telling of some of my favorite memories from my brother Ben's graduation party with shoot-out on June 13th, 2009. Enjoy! (BTW: Congratulations Ben!)



The girls' and boys' room both received "make-overs." We girls are getting our room painted "Sparkling Stream" blue to match our new baby blue and brown covers. Cool! (We now have another bunk bed in our room-yeah!)



I'm teaching my cousin Danielle how to shoot a .22 rifle.


My sister Leesha examines a friend's gun


Friend Alyssa shoots shot-gun. :)


Sister-friend Uli learns how to shoot

Big sister Whitney shoots a friend's handgun


Dad, Pastor Anderson, and Jayme chat about shotguns (we got our pastor hooked on trap-shooting!)

Later on we jammed for our family and friends. Uli got this picture of me playing fiddle.


Well, there you go for now! Hope you enjoyed this snapshot glance into our lives!
Bye for now, Taylor

Friday, May 29, 2009

Song of the Month: Just as I Am

On May 17th, we had the opportunity to be blessed by one of the most prestigious Southern Gospel groups in the world: the Booth Brothers!


These gentlemen have won Favorite Artist of the Year for two years in a row, Favorite Trio for multiple years, and the individual members have won numerous awards as well. With this reputation, you would think the ticket prices would be rather high (well, not as high as many contemporary artists today, but still, for a family of nine, $15 can be a stretch). But, the concert was free, thanks to the church who held it. Big blessing for our family!


Our family, plus two friends, were blessed by the Booth Brothers-Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, and Jim Brady-and their message. What Ben said to Ronnie later was true: "You guys are one of the most ministry minded groups that I have seen." Their message was clear-"God's Word is truth, there is a Heaven and a hell, there is a Savior, there is sin, there is nothing you can do without the Lord. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." Their love for the Lord was evident and it was refreshing to visit with them afterwards. Sometimes, when we have attended other concerts, the artists performing do not even give you the time of day, and they call it ministry! It wasn't this way with the Booth Brothers, thankfully. The Booth Brothers were SO nice to Sam, Jayme, and Caleb, and the Lil' Adventurers loved it!


Anyways, enough said. Now it's time to get to the song of the month: "Just As I Am" by Jim Brady.


At the concert, I purchased Jim Brady's solo CD and have been blessed by it ever since. Jim wrote/co-wrote all the songs, and the lyrics of his songs are amazing. But my favorite really speaks to me and our family.

Some people have told us, "Live as you want. When you are a Christian, it doesn't matter how you live. God has saved you and that's all that matters. The Bible isn't relevant for today. God doesn't care how you live; He only cares about your heart" and so on and so forth.

In reading God's Word, we have not found a Biblical base for these opinions, or excuses, shall I say. Read Colossians 3, Galatians 5:16-26, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-11, 2 Timothy 2:22, the book of James, etc., etc. God DOES care about the heart, but He is most certainly concerned about the outward actions, words, and appearances as well. Salvation does not rely on works or how good you live, but as fruit shows that a tree is alive (Matthew 7:15-20), works also display the existence of faith.

In Jim Brady's song, "Just As I Am," the words clearly demonstrate this point. I love this line especially: "Oh, the way He's changing my heart proves He loves too much to leave me just as I am." Wow. That's the truth. The Bible says we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We come as we are, but we don't stay as we are.

Whew, it seems I have typed a lot, but when I examine my writing, I've barely scratched the surface of my thoughts and what God's Word says on this subject.

I had better be going. There are lawns to mow, dishes to wash, songs to practice, and a day to live, striving to be more like Christ and surrendering my all. Have a great, God-blessed day!

In His Love,

Taylor



The Garms and friends Uli and Katie with Jim Brady

-*~*~*-

JUST AS I AM

by Jim Brady, Barry Weeks, and Tony Wood

Oh becoming more like Jesus feels like dying deep inside,
And I guess sometimes that’s truly what it is,
Cause He’s calling me to lay aside my selfishness and pride
So He can mold my heart and make it more like His.

[channel]
And lately I’ve been seeing more each day
The wisdom and new wonders of His grace.

[chorus]
Just as I am, I ran to Him and mercy took me in;
Just as I am and He forgave my sin.
Oh the way He’s changing my heart proves
He loves me too much
To leave me just as I am.

O my heart is simply clay within the potter’s skillful hands
And even though the changes sometimes frighten me,
I want the truth of His words to keep shaping who I am
Cause I know He does all things perfectly.

[channel]
So all my thoughts and all my attitudes,
They’re all His to change as He wants to.

[chorus]

[bridge]
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bids me come to Thee
Oh Lamb of God, I come.

[chorus]

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Psalm 73: Being Content with God

A Beautiful Braham Sunset-April 23rd, 2009

Two days ago, my little sister Jayme had the opportunity to pick a psalm for the day and she randomly chose Psalm 73, one of my favorite psalms. I had forgotten what a wonderful psalm it was, and I couldn't help but remember a journel entry I wrote about it two years ago:

"December 6th, 2007-Letters from the Heart
'But as for me, it is good to be near God' Psalm 73:28 NIV

Psalm 73 is a psalm of confession. The psalmist contritely admits how he has often envied the people of this world and wished he could have the 'joys' they possess. 'They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.' (verse 4)

I can relate to this man's heart. How frequently I find myself wishing I was like young ladies of this world. They do not have struggles with which I have to battle; they don't fight unpure thoughts. What problems do they possess?

But then, do they have a caring Father in Heaven to whom they may bring their problems? Does a normal young lady have the counsel and guidance of God's Word? Do they have the strength (God) I have?
In verses six through ten, the psalmist reveals the true nature of people who do not care for God. (Read)
I can say with the psalmist as he closes his prayer:
'Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of your deeds." (Psalm 73:27-28)

I just wanted to share this with you; be encouraged!
BTW: My mom is out of the hospital and feeling better on account of the prednisone she is on. Things are still unclear on what she has. I'll keep you posted; thanks for the prayers!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Trials Produce Patience

Will too much patience drive me crazy?


Thanks for all the birthday wishes and prayers for my Mom. That was so nice of you! Happy Birthday to Alyssa and Kathryn as well!

Some of my favorite verses to turn to during trials are James 1:2-4.

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing the testing of your faith produces patience, but let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:2-4 NKJV

I have found this verse is so true, especially now. Mom is back in the hospital; she was having worse problems yesterday, so our Pastor brought her into the emergency room for us (as none of us kids drive officially yet and Dad was at work). Today she is scheduled to have a "colonoscopy" (I think that's how you spell it) to see what's wrong with her. We hope and pray it's nothing serious!

With Mom gone, a lot of responsibility falls on me as I am the oldest girl of the house now (I am NOT having self-pity). It is PERFECT training for motherhood. Last night I made lasagna for dinner and, with Mom at the hospital, my younger siblings came to me with their hurts and thoughts. Helping them and listening to them really requires patience, especially when supper is late, I've splattered spaghetti sauce over my favorite shirt and jeans, and I am worried about Mom. Later in the evening we all kind of lost our patience, but earlier, I found it fufilling to assist them and to know my younger siblings trusted me.

Through this whole trial, I am learning patience is an essential quality for motherhood, and sacrificing is a large part of being a good sister and mother-in-training.

Patience is a virtue, and very important. My brother Caleb was just here asking about me doing some reading with him. I told him, "We'll see; wait until I'm done." He sighed, "I guess I have to wait." I smiled at Caleb and said, "Yep, that's patience." "What's patience?" he asked. "It's a virtue." "Oh."

Waiting and patience and perseverence all depend on each other. If we wait with patience, we will perseverence. Right now, we have to wait on the Lord to show us His perfect plan for our lives during this trial. Ben, Leesha, and I have made to commitment to "wait" for our future spouses. Caleb has to wait for me to read with him.

Once again I reminded of James: knowing the testing of your faith produces patience. Patience, what a "timely" lesson.

"Teach me, Lord, to wait."

Friday, April 10, 2009

What A Weird Week!

What a weird week!

On Friday of last week, Mom felt very sick. Her stomach area hurt and she couldn't figure out why. She was down and out for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with horrible abdomenal pains. Dad finally took her to the doctor on Sunday afternoon and I fully expected her to be out that night. I was wrong. Mom remained in the hospital for about four days and she was dubbed the "mystery patient". It seemed she had a sac of fluid by her colon, or was it in the muscle? There were no definate answers.

The days without Mom were very odd indeed, but things seemed to run smoothly. Dad took two days off of work to be with Mom and us. It was SO comforting to know many people from church, relatives, and friends were praying for Mom and our family. The out-pouring of love was amazing. Pastor and Joanne were wonderful and SO supportive of our family.

My oldest sister stayed the night on Tuesday evening and was able to be home for most of my birthday. She was also able to pick up Mom on Wednesday. Thanks Whit!

Oh yes, it was my birthday-17! Here is a photo:


Well, I'd better be going. Just wanted to let you know I am still alive, and surviving, even through this weird week.

Happy Easter! He is risen, He is risen indeed, alleluia!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Just a Note

Just a note: I put some new pictures on the right sidebar of my blog. Check them out! On our family's website, some new pictures were added to the Photo Album page. View those today and get to know us more (if you dare!). Also, visit Great Adventure's blog, Joy in the Journey, to read my brother Ben's new article.

Friday, February 20, 2009

All the Days Planned for Me...Part One

I wanted to share a story with you that has affected my life, our family, our church, and community. This happened in January, but it is still relevent for all today.



"All the days planned for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:16

Saturday morning, January 10th, 2009:


"Taylor, Leesha! Time to get up!"


I rolled over in my bed and groaned. It was a Saturday morning and I was very reluctant to get up from my sleep when Dad's voice woke us. I covered my head with the blankets.

My youngest sister Jayme came in to our room and proceeded to make her bed and give us the morning report. She started to chatter about the morning's activities and then began to talk about something intriguing.

"The prayer chain left a message this morning," she said. "Allen K. was in a car accident last night."

I knew this was going to affect my day.

First, the prayer chain never calls before 9:00 AM. Second, Jayme said something about him being air-lifted to a hospital in the Twin Cities.

I got up and washed my hair, for the "womenfolk" of the family were going to help serve at a funeral that afternoon at our church. A member of our church had had cancer for a long time and he had passed away earlier in the week. My heart was saddened already for his family, but now, my heart was burdened for the K's.

The K. family are members of our church. Allen was the oldest of the four kids and had graduated last spring. Though we did not know him well, I felt very concerned for him and his family.

We prayed for Allen and his family during our family devotion and then prepared to go to church.

Saturday Afternoon, January 10th, 2009:

When Mom, Leesha, Jayme, and I arrived at St. Stephens, the lady who had called with the prayer request came over and asked us if we got her message. We told her we did and Mom asked if she knew any details. She told us she didn't know. She then added she learned if Allen didn't show any signs of recovery, they were going to take him off life support.

We were shocked.

Though we knew "air-lifted" is a indication of serious injuries, we had no idea it was that serious. I immediately felt a rush of tears flood my eyes and my heart went out to the K's. Thoughts of "Why? He's only 19 years old! Why this pain for their family? Why?"

As everyone helped prepare for the dinner, the subject kept turning back to the tragic incident that had occured. We also learned the story...

Friday evening, January 9th, 2009:

Allen and a friend were driving home from a party on a road near our house, southbound to home. An eighteen-year old girl was driving on the road my dad travels on every work day, westbound. It was around 10:30 PM. As the girl's car approached the intersection, she missed the stop sign and Allen's car was broadsided. The friend and the girl walked away. Allen was severely injuried, with serious damage to his head. He was air-lifted to a Twin Cities' hospital and on the 10th, was taken off life support.



This story will be continued, including my feelings and questions, what God has shown me and our family, how we were able to serve through this trying time, and more in "All the Days Planned for Me...Part Two."

The Great Adventure Story is Up!

In 2002, our family embarked on the most amazing journey ever-a time period we endearingly entitled, "The Great Adventure." We learned so much during this adventure. From its story, we have derived the name "Great Adventure Gospel Band" for our music group. To read this incredible journey, please click here and learn more about our family.

The Rose of Sharon

This Valentine's Day, my sister and I sent out cards to some young ladies we know, encouraging them to focus on the Lord. I want to extend that Valentine's Day greetings to you:

I am the Rose of Sharon. (Song of Songs 2:1)
Yet is was the Lord's will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. (Isaiah 53:10)
This is love: not that we loved God, but He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1st John 4:10)
"In this season of roses and gifts from the ones we love, remember the most precious Rose of all-Jesus Christ, the Gift of Love given to us by the Father. May you be drawn closer to your Prince, your True Love, as you grow to love Him more each moment during this Valentine's Day."
Happy Valentine's Day!
In His Love,
The Garms Girls

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tidbits of Encouragement

When the trials and difficulties of life bog us down, isn't it hard to realize the enjoyable treasures of each day? I have been struggling lately with many feelings of sadness and frustration, choking out the joys of a typical day (I do plan to write about a tragic incident that made our family and many others think about how short and precious life is). We often need a uplifting boost during a difficult time.

Here's one of my roses among the thorns: siblings. Happiness is found in the form of a child. My little brother Caleb will make me smile whether I want to or not. This is one quote from him that made me laugh...

"I don't know what God knows, but God knows everything I know."

Be encouraged and seek out the hidden gems of this day!

Friday, January 2, 2009

I Need YOUR Help!


My friend, Alyssa, keeps asking me when I'm am going to update my website, and I keep telling her, "Whenever I can find time!"

I have enjoyed transferring my old website to my new URL, but it has been a tedious process. I am pleased with the overall turnout, though several pages are uncompleted.

But here's you what you can do to help me out: contribute!

On the Poetry page, I hope to add more poetry which I have written, but I would love to have submissions from poets! If you don't write poetry, you can write a review about Godly Girlhood.org and it will be added to the About Godly Girlhood page. Recipes to Thyme in the Kitchen can also be contributed if you have a favorite recipe to share. I will also consider guest articles for the Article page.

If I chose your submission(s), I will put a link to your website or blog (that is, if you have a website). Also you may include a short biography of yourself as I will then create a contributors page for all of the contributors.

Send your submissions to godlygirlhood@localnet.com. Thank you for your help!

By the way, Alyssa, you've been tagged for your trouble!

In His Love,
Miss Taylor

The Perfect Snack

A box of Ritz crackers, block cheese, and summer sausage can go a long way and lead to the perfect snack/light lunch.

There are many different varieties of this easy meal, but the most typical combination is a piece of both cheese and sausage stacked on a Ritz cracker. The possibilies are endless. Block cheese, for example, is availible in many different varieties: chedder (mild, sharp) colby, pepper jack, colby jack, etc. Ritz crackers also come in different flavors: if you prefer a vegetable taste, try Roasted Veggie; perhaps you enjoy healthier crackers-Ritz Wheat Crackers are for you; if you are like me, Orignal Ritz will satisfy your desires. Sausage also a varied, but limited, selection to chose from. Next you can add new twists to the generic version. Try BBQ sauce on your stack of cheese and sausage, or a leaf of lettuce! (I personally prefer the BBQ sauce better than the lettuce.:)

Now you won't be at a loss for the perfect snack! Enjoy!